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I have an XM radio stereo (SKYFI) that I keep in my barn/workshop. It does a good job, but I cannot hear it if I am in the woodshop or outside in my work area. I am hoping to set up some wireless speakers but I am very out of touch with what is out there. I don't have bluetooth or any i-anything, and that is what most of my searching leads to.

The radio does have a speaker jack (mini) in the front. I have attached a pic of what the radio looks like.

 

I would like to find an inexpensive set of wireless speakers that won't mind getting covered in sawdust or grease/dust/etc. I would also like them to be powered vs a battery/rechargeable system, because you know when I want to listen to them the battery will be dead.:( Any input is appreciated.

 

Thanks

Curly

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Hello Curly,

 

You will need a Bluetooth transmitter that plugs into the head phone jack, then Bluetooth speakers that plug into a wall socket ...

 

There are a number of products out there, here is just one:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Miccus-Mini-jack-Transmitter-Headphones-Receivers/dp/B002HHLOWC/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

Let me know if you need more help.

 

Mike

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Tim,

 

Also, I noticed that you need to find a transmitter that will recharge when plugged into the radio's 3.5mm jack ... the only ones that I found used a battery that needed to be replaced when discharged.

 

There are some Bluetooth transmitters that use USB connections that will charge while being used.

 

I looked at your SKYFI manual and did not see a USB connection port on that brand of radio.

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An FM modulator is also an option. Just tune any portable FM radio or stereo system to the transmitted frequency from the modulator. http://www.amazon.com/Crane-FM2-Digital-Spectrum-Transmitter/dp/B005GUQ0FI/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1410325937&sr=1-9&keywords=Digital+FM+Transmitter

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Thanks for the input guys! I am going to try the FM transmitter since I already have 2 other radios in the areas I want the speakers in. If it works, I won't have to buy speakers.

 

Curly

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Just an update, I ordered the FM unit Chris recommended. It came today. Out of the box it would only transmit about 5 feet clearly and up to 20 feet with lots of static. I did the 'mod' mentioned in the online reviews and it works great! I can receive it outside the barn in the work area and in the wood shop with the door closed. Not bad for $45. Of course, Murphy's law had to strike. When I went to adjust the FM frequency on the old radio outside (came with the house) the tuner knob broke and it wouldn't pick up any stations at all. $25 at Wally world and all is good again.

 

Curly

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Glad it worked out for you! I have used an in-car FM modulator before and it worked well, but obviously it didn't have to transmit very far. I noticed the comments on this unit and the "mod" to make it transmit further. Thanks for reporting back. I'll keep this unit in mind for future use.

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